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Mar. 1st, 2002

Well, this just makes me feel so reassured about having to spend 9 or 10 hours a day within 3 blocks of the White House. Shudder.


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Mar. 1st, 2002 09:40 am (UTC)
Darling, this might not make you feel any better, but Washington, DC has been Ground Zero for far longer than we have been alive. Remember the gallows humor and cheery dystopic aesthetic of the 1980's? We grew up in that. At Ground Zero.

And remember, as history tends to repeat itself, it is likely that none of us will really know the truth about the crazy goings-on of September 11th and its aftermath until we are very old. And, well, as far as living to be very old goes, keep looking both ways before you cross the street. This nation is young, and so are we (yes, still!). This nation has seen hard times and will see hard times, and most likely, we've got a while longer to be alive.

I love you, dear. Will you be out and about tonight or tomorrow? I will be in town and would love to see you. Also, would love to know what's going on with Nikki? Do you know where she would be?
Mar. 1st, 2002 10:52 am (UTC)
Yes, all of what you say is true. The gallows humor of the 80's played a large part in making me who I am today. It's just that I've never seen a big fucking hole in the Pentagon before, and it feels more REAL than it ever did.

And, heck yeah, I'll be out tonight. Nikki's spinning at the Black Cat. Please join us! I'll see if I can reach y'all at the family homestead tonight.
Mar. 1st, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, your proximity to the White House isn't really the issue... all of our proximity to DC itself is. If a suitcase nuke went off in DC, none of us would survive the blast.

Ugh, having "The Day After" flashbacks. Gah.

love, Melanie
Mar. 1st, 2002 11:36 am (UTC)
Re: *twitch*
FWIW, a 'suitcase', or 'backpack' nuke, while small, would weigh in at about 900 lbs; plutonium is heavy stuff. So, if nothing else, you can relax about the businesspeople and bike couriers around you, none of them are toting a nuke on the metro...
Mar. 1st, 2002 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: *twitch*
The rumors are that the Russians had ~2-hectoton bombs which weigh about 70-150 pounds, and were the size of a small refrigerator. Not really something that one person could carry, but portable in a car trunk or truck. However, their shielding would be weak enough that they would set off all sorts of alarms.

A 2-hectoton bomb (1/75th the power of the Hiroshima bomb, 100 times the power of the Oklahoma City truck-bomb) would be sufficient to take out a few blocks, but it would not be a major threat to outlying areas.
Mar. 1st, 2002 10:26 am (UTC)
It's like a bad sci-fi disaster movie........
Mar. 1st, 2002 10:28 am (UTC)
...yeah, I have to say that it just isn't warm and fuzzy.

Mar. 1st, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
I dunno; some contingency-plan-loving part of me can't help thinking, 'we've got a shadow government! In your face, Sweden!!'. Of course, that's not a part of my brain that I allow to make many big decisions... ;)
Mar. 1st, 2002 11:40 am (UTC)
Will you think less of me, dear, if I admit that I dn't know what Sweden has to do with this?
Mar. 1st, 2002 11:42 am (UTC)
I'll just bet they don't have a shadow government, that's all...

It just sounds so cool...
Mar. 1st, 2002 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm with you...
...as long as Shadoe Stevens has nothing to do with it...
Mar. 1st, 2002 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you...
*shakes head, giggling*

Agree too, Eric. Shadow gov'ts are kinda cool, in an X-Files-y sorta way...

love, Melanie
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